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Hong Kong vs Afghanistan prediction, preview, team news and more | 2023 Asia Cup qualifiers

Hong Kong and Afghanistan meet after 38 years
Hong Kong and Afghanistan meet after 38 years

Hong Kong and Afghanistan lock horns at the Salt Lake Stadium in neutral Kolkata, India for a clash in Group D of the 2023 Asia Cup qualifiers.

The Strength have played in competitive finals only thrice in history, the last of which came in 1968. They have a chance to end that drought after being drawn in a relatively easy group which also features India and Cambodia.

However, their form has been poor lately, losing each of their last four games, scoring just once.

Afghanistan have not played in any major tournaments before and enter the match on the back of a 2-0 friendly loss to Vietnam last Wednesday.


Hong Kong vs Afghanistan Head-To-Head

Hong Kong and Afghanistan have clashed just once in history - in the 1984 Asia Cup, which ended in a goalless draw.

Afghanistan's National Football Team will face Hong Kong in the Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers, which are scheduled to begin on Wednesday.The match will kick-off at 4pm #Afghanistan time in Kolkata, India. Afghanistan will play Hong Kong, India, and Cambodia in the group matches. https://t.co/FgjPURVp1I

Hong Kong Form Guide (all competitions): L-L-L-L

Afghanistan Form Guide (all competitions): L-L-L-W-W


Hong Kong vs Afghanistan Team News

Hong Kong

Head coach Jorn Andersen has called up 25 players for this month's qualifying campaign, all of whom are locally based players.

All-time record appearance-maker Yapp Hung Fai, who has 79 caps with the side, could extend his record further by taking his position between the sticks once again.

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RTHK (Ch 31) will show all three 3rd Round Asian Cup qualifying games of Hong Kong: 1️⃣HK vs Afghanistan⏰ Wed, 8 June, 7:30 pm2️⃣ Cambodia vs HK⏰ Sat, 11 June, 7:30 pm 3️⃣ India vs HK⏰ Tue, 14 June, 11 pm Group winners and five best runners-up (out of 6) will qualify!

Afghanistan

The Lions of Khorasan have called up a 35-man squad for their qualifying fixtures against Hong Kong, India and Cambodia.

Midfielder Faysal Shayesteh is just one goal away from claiming the title as Afghanistan's all-time top-scorer. He would also become the first player in history to hit double figures in terms of goals scored.

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Hong Kong vs Afghanistan Predicted XI

Hong Kong (4-3-3): Yapp Hung Fai; Yue Tze Nam, Yu Wai Lim, Fung Hing Wa, Wong Tsz Ho; Chan Siu Kwan, Huang Yang, Wong Wai; Law Tsz Chun, Matt Orr, Jahangir Khan.

Afghanistan (4-2-3-1): Ovays Azizi; David Najem, Noor Husin, Sharif Mukhammad, Milad Intezar; Abassin Alikhil, Noor Husin; Omran Haydary, Omid Popalzay, Omid Musawi; Noralla Amiri.


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Hong Kong vs Afghanistan Prediction

Afghanistan are the better side on paper and can give Hong Kong a tough run for their money.

The Strength have lost in their last few games and have recently struggled to offer attacking threats.

The Lions of Khorasan should win this one.

Prediction: Hong Kong 1-2 Afghanistan

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